are or were used by the various indigenous peoples who inhabit North and South America.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ALGOMA (Region) Algonquin
Region in ONTARIO
. Created name by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. The 'al' is from "Algonquin", the the 'goma' is from the word 'gomee', meaning "water".
ATTAWAPISKAT (River & Settlement) Cree
River and town in ONTARIO
. From the Attawapiskat people, meaning "people of the parting of the rocks], or Āhtawāpiskatowi ininiwak
AYUHWASI (Settlement) Cherokee
Ayuhwasi, meaning "savanna" or "large meadow". The name has been applied to several entities past and present in the U.S. states of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee
CELILO (Body of Water) Native American
Means: echo of falling water. A famous waterfall used as a Native American fishing ground.
ETOBICOKE (Settlement) Iroquois (Anglicized), Algonquin (Anglicized)
From the Mississagua name for the area, wah-do-be-kang (wadoopikaang), and means "the place where alders grow". Anglicized by Augustus Jones as 'ato-be-coake', but adopted by John Graves Simcoe as 'Etobicoke' in 1795.
IQALUIT (Settlement) Inuit
Iqaluit is the capital of the Canadian territory, Nunavut. ... [more]
KALISPELL (Other) Salishan (Rare)
The name Kalispell is a Salishan (Salish) word meaning "flat land above the lake". Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.
KEJIMKUJIK (Other & Body of Water) Mi'kmaq
Lake and national park in CANADA
. From Mi'kmaq, meaning "attempting to escape", or "swollen waters", or "tired muscles".
MISSISSAUGA (Region) Ojibwe (Anglicized)
From the Anishinaabe word misi-zaagiing
, meaning "Those at the Great River Mouth". Name of the Mississauga tribe, and now a name of a Toronto suburb. Closely related to the Ojibwe word misswezahging
, mean "river of many outlets".
NIAGARA (Body of Water, Settlement & Region) Iroquois
Name of a popular waterfall, a town, and region, in CANADA
. Derived from the Iroquois word Onguiaahra
, meaning either "the strait", or "bisected bottom lands"
NIPIGON (River & Settlement) Ojibwe
Town and river in ONTARIO
. From the Ojibwe word Alimipigon
, possibly meaning "where the water begins".
OKANAGAN (Region & Body of Water) Salishan
Region and lake in CANADA
, named after the Okanagan people. Means "the people living where you can see the top", due to the many mountains in the area.
OMAHA (Settlement) Sioux
:Siouan people of northeastern Nebraska, 1804, Maha, perhaps from Omaha umaha, perhaps literally "upstream (people), against the flow." The Nebraska city was founded in 1854.
PUKASKWA (Other & River) Ojibwe
National park and river in ONTARIO
. May be from the Ojibwe word 'pukasu', meaning "to cook the marrow in the bones of animals", or "eaters of fish"... [more]
QUTTINIRPAAQ (Other) Inuit
National park in NUNAVUT
. Means "the top of the world" in Inuktitut, as it is the northernmost national park in Canada, and the second in the world.
TOPANGA (Settlement) Native American
Topanga is a community in western Los Angeles County, California, United States located in the Santa Monica mountains. The name is given by the Native American indigenous Tongva tribe, and may mean "where the mountain meets the sea" or "a place above".
UKKUSIKSALIK (Other) Inuit
National park in NUNAVUT
. From Inuktitut, meaning "where there is material for the stone pot", from the word 'ukkusik', meaning "pot" or "saucepan".
WAUSAU (Region & Settlement) Native American (Latinized, Rare)
Term used in many Native American languages with varying similar meanings such as "to see from a distance" or "to hear from a distance." It was the Native American name for a valley in central Wisconsin that is still refered to as such by locals... [more]
WAWA (Settlement & Body of Water) Ojibwe
Name of a town and lake in ONTARIO
. From the Ojibwe wording wewe
, meaning "wild goose"